Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
LC36120
Module Title
Youth Crime and Justice
Academic Year
2021/2022
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1
Mutually Exclusive
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery

 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Timed Reflective Essay  (2,500 words)  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  (2,500 words)  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the incidence and prevalence of youth crime and anti-social behaviour.

2. Describe and understand how youth crime, deviance and victimisation are socially and legally constructed.

3. Analyse the reasons behind youth offending and anti-social behaviour by demonstrating a critical understanding of research into the psychological and sociological aspects of adolescence and the transition to adulthood.

4. Critically explore how policy debates concerning the issue of youth crime are influenced by particular political discourses, popular opinion and the mass media.

5. Identify and critically discuss the key issues, policies, processes and institutions with respect to youth crime and the treatment of young people who offend.

6. Critically explore how successful major criminological theories and perspectives have been in accounting for youth crime and its treatment.

7. Describe and critically evaluate policies and interventions within the criminal justice system designed to reduce youth crime and alter patterns of youth offending.

8. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the different methods of investigation and research techniques used to explore the nature and extent of youth crime.

9. Describe and critically explore how official and unofficial structures, methods and processes of criminal law enforcement, social policy and punishment systems feature in the attempt to control and prevent youth crime and deviance.

Brief description

Young people have been increasingly associated with criminal and anti-social behaviour. This course will investigate that association and disentangle the complex social and control issues involved in this area of study. It will build on knowledge assimilated in the earlier foundation courses concerning reasons for offending, put them into a youth justice context and illustrate how they are used to back up policy initiatives. It will evaluate many of the youth justice initiatives as well as introducing students to both the concept and reality of inter-agency working.

Content

Understanding childhood and child development
When is a child a child?
The development of youth justice
‘Youth offending’ – a social construct?
Developmental and life course perspectives
Risk Factor theories
Structural and systemic perspectives on youth crime
Youth violence and gangs
Dealing with youth crime: prevention and diversion, justice and welfare, and risk focused approaches
Dealing with youth crime: restorative approaches
Dealing with youth crime: rights-based, and Children First Offenders Second
Youth custody and effective resettlement
‘Desistance’ in youth justice
International youth justice practice What is the future for youth justice?

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Students will be reviewing and engaging with the finding of studies related to the area.
Communication Oral: Students will develop oral communication skills by participating in seminar discussions. They will learn to be clear and direct with their discussion. (Not assessed) Written: Students will be expected to submit their work in word-processed format and their written communication will be assessed according to effective expression of ideas, good language skills and a coherent argument.
Improving own Learning and Performance Interactive lectures and seminars will encourage the critical and lateral thinking of students with exercises planned to deliver a range of opportunities to facilitate the learning of abstract concepts, and will allow students to reflect on their own learning.
Information Technology Searches of on-line electronic information sources and accessing information from electronic journals will provide practice in IT skills. Module information on Blackboard will be accessed using IT skills. Students will submit their assessed work on Turnitin.
Personal Development and Career planning Preparation for seminars and the assessed assignment will develop time management skills; collation of sources for assessment will nurture research skills; appreciation of complex theoretical issues will develop critical thinking skills. All of these skills will contribute to their portfolio of transferable skills.
Problem solving The assimilation of a range of complex theories will develop students problem-solving abilities and a range of interactive exercises in lectures, seminars and the assignments will encourage lateral thinking.
Research skills Research skills will be developed by accessing and critically analysing relevant literature in order to construct and present an informed discussion for the assessed exercise. Independent and group preparation for the seminars will also develop research skills.
Subject Specific Skills N/A
Team work Small group work and group seminars done within the seminars will foster team working skills.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 6